Friday, September 30, 2016

Ron Arnold: Tracking Green

Earth Island Institute
300 Broadway, Suite 28
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 788-3666 Fax: (415) 788-7324
Web Site:
EIN: 94-2889684 Founded: 1982
 Exempt since: 1984

Self-Description: EII grows environmental leadership by providing support to more than 40 citizen-led projects around the world dedicated to protecting the Earth's health; work includes marine mammal protection, inner-city environmental leadership, and habitat protection. Earth Island Institute (EII) was founded in 1982 by veteran environmentalist David R. Brower (1912 - 2000) to encourage the efforts of creative individuals on critical ecological issues. EII supports diverse new initiatives and provides a stable base for on-going projects. This network of projects shares central resources and benefits from the synergetic exchange of experience, ideas, and energy. EII has been widely recognized for its unique organizational model that "reduces, reuses, and recycles" resources, freeing individual projects to communicate with their constituencies and to respond quickly to evolving environmental and social justice challenges. Earth Island continues its pursuit of David Brower's ideal of Global CPR -- conservation, preservation, and restoration for planet Earth.

Actual: Incubator for dozens of anti-free enterprise projects worldwide.

Background: EII is the fiscal sponsor of more than forty environmental campaigns and projects. It publishes a high-profile quarterly journal of activist propaganda, and operates other programs to recruit environmental activists, particularly children.

Earth Island operates on a business model they call Network Services (EINS), which provides fiscal sponsorship, resources, training, technical assistance, and peer relationships to environmental activists looking for an organizational home and institutional leverage for their work. EINS is responsible for Earth Island's basic administration and financial management. EINS also provides direct support to EII projects through assistance with planning, public outreach, information and communication technology, legal guidance and fundraising. This strengthens the capacity of each project to build attack campaigns, create synergy between activists working on similar topics, and allow project directors to focus their energy on their campaigns and programs.

In turn, those projects help support Earth Island with a standard nine percent administrative fee on project revenue, reflecting their share of the overall cost of providing these programs and services.

Federal funding is subject to a 15 percent fee. Large projects (those with budgets more than $500,000/year) are sometimes eligible for a reduction in administrative fees.

In addition, all projects are asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to follow EII policies and procedures and which defines the terms of project sponsorship.


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